Survival Mentality is Killing the Church

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Screenshot 2015-04-23 at 11.48.20 AMIf the goal of your church or organization is to survive, you will fail to make the decisions necessary for your church or organization to thrive.

When surviving becomes the goal of your church, you will fail to made the decisions that will lead to new life and growth. In order to keep who and what you have happy, you will make the very decisions that will prevent you from reaching new people.

What you are currently doing is perfectly suited to keep your current people happy.

But that’s not why the church exists.

The church never exists to keep its current people happy. The church exists to reach as many people with the love of Jesus Christ. The church exists for people who do not yet know they belong in God’s family.

In order to reach people who are not currently being reached, you’re going to have to start doing things that you are currently not doing.

The natural bent of an organization is inward. However, the natural bent of the Shepherd is for the lost sheep, it’s outward…one more lost sheep, one more lost guy, one more lost daughter.

Survival is not the goal.

Kingdom impact, making disciples, growing disciples, reaching as many people with the love of Jesus Christ…that doesn’t look like survival…that’s LIFE!

 

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2 thoughts on “Survival Mentality is Killing the Church

    Keith Tanis said:
    April 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I Love the line that says …you have to start doing things you’re currently not doing!

      jameskim responded:
      April 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Keith, thank you for your leadership. I don’t remember who said it, but the reality is what we are currently doing is perfectly suited to produce the results we’re experiencing. If the church wants to reach people that the church is currently not reaching, we’re going to have to start doing things that the church is currently not doing. Seems like common sense but it’s so hard to get organizations to move in this direction.

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